Long story short: tell your Congressfolk to fight defense contracting corruption, tell Texas Gov. Abbott to reject the state legislature's sore loser anti-voting bill, tell our government we need to fight big pharma price-gouging on drugs developed with taxpayer money, tell our EPA to reverse its recent decision allowing big ag to spray antibiotics on orange trees, and tell President Biden to forgive $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower. Use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're viewing it on a cellphone) to find your Reps' and Senators' phone numbers for the first action alert, and then for the others, use either the phone numbers (where applicable) or the email/petition/public comment links provided below.
The Project on Government Oversight reports that our Naval Department plans to cut its internal auditing personnel by 70% -- which means Naval auditors will be much less able to root out contracting corruption. Indeed, you have to wonder if that's the whole idea. Their excuse is that they'll be able to spend more money building ships, because staying within a budget is so hard when you already spend more on defense than the next eight countries on Earth combined! No use saying we might as well gut the auditors because the Navy consistently brings in projects late and overbudget anyway; actually, that's an argument for more auditors. Call your House Reps and Senators about this today and they'll never see it coming.
Public Citizen helps you tell Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to reject the vote suppression bill recently passed by the state legislature. Gov. Abbott's phone number, of course, is 512.463.2000, or 512.463.1782 if you're either from Austin or out-of state (odd tandem, there); let's see if we can jam up at least one of these lines today. You can already tell what the bill would do -- reduce voting hours, get rid of drive-through voting, and keep densely-populated areas from having more voting machines. Plus it would let poll-watchers actually film you voting; I didn't see that one coming, not being evil. Sore losers constantly try to keep people from voting, instead of, oh, gosh, I don't know, being someone worth your vote.
Sorry for the late notice on this, but the Coalition on Human Needs helps you leave a public comment about a federal proposal to keep our government from fighting back against big pharma price-gouging on drugs developed with taxpayer assistance -- but comments are due at midnight tonight, so let's get to stepping. Gosh, if you helped fund a drug with your money, you should get some say over what happens afterward, right? Like, you should especially be able to say don't charge so damn much for this drug that good Americans can't afford it? Maybe we should just have our government develop drugs without resorting to private corporations -- but in the meantime, we need to protect ourselves from getting screwed over by the system we've got.
One of the last things the Trump Administration did before (finally!) leaving office was green-light the use of the antibiotic streptomycin on big ag citrus trees. Because Florida, that's why! But the more antibiotics we spray on crops, the less effective they'll be on human beings and animals when they get sick, and the stronger the superbugs antibiotics can't kill will become. No, we will not, one day, be sitting around a campfire saying "well, the next cut you get can kill you now, but at least we allowed a Republican President to enact a policy designed entirely to help capture the Electoral votes of one state!" Would it be piling on to say that spraying antibiotics on crops is not a long-term solution? No, it would not. Penn PIRG helps you tell our EPA to reverse this corrupt and short-sighted decision.
Finally, both the ACLU and Daily Kos help you tell President Biden to forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt per debtor. Why? Because colleges overcharge in the first place, because it'll stimulate the economy, because more folks will be able to start businesses and buy homes if they don't have big student loan debts hanging over them, and because our civilization did kinda promise people that going to college would get you a lucrative career and that's kinda been a lie for many years. Don't be the fool who would oppose debt forgiveness because you paid off all your debts! That would be an occasion for me to deploy the phrase it's not all about you, and with Donald Trump gone, I was really hoping to deploy that phrase a lot less.